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. >> interpreter: we wish him wherever he is that he is blessed. us cubans love him. >> the havana streets were quiet as people found out the leader who toppled and dictator and ruled over the island nation for nearly five decades has died. in miami's little havana, a different scene. ♪ ♪ >> cuban exiles who escaped his regime dancing and singing on the streets, popping champagne corks and waving the cuban flag. they remember a dictator who imprisoned and executed opponents and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. cnn's ed lavendera joins me from little miami. what kind of things are you hearing, what stories?
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>> reporter: well, this is a cause for celebration here in the heart of little havana. we're standing in the middle of calle ocho. this has long been that heartbeat of little havana. this is the versailles restaurant. just after midnight, people started hearing the news that castro had died. they flooded the streets. this has been a decades-long gathering spot where cuban immigrants have gathered to argue and debate the future of cuba. it's no surprise they would flock here. i want to bring in roberto who left cuba in the early '60s, part of what was known as the peter pan program, which was essentially cuban children whose parents put them on planes, they left cuba by themselves. you spent three years without your parents, right? >> that's right, three years.
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the u.s. catholic church had a program, it eventually came to be known as pedro pan, in which it took on 5500 children waiting for their parents. >> reporter: he went to work at "the miami herald" as a reporter. you interviewed fidel castro in the 1970s, and wrote a book about the revolution. having said all of that, your experience, when you see what's happening here today, what goes through your mind? >> well, this is not unexpected. the level of emotion is gigantic. many people here have lost loved ones to underground and other nonpolitical issues that they just stayed behind. they're really one country separated by water and a political system. so the fact that the guy who founded that political system is
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now gone lifts a huge emotional burden from their shoulders and is a source of joy. from a religious point of view no one should be happy that another human being is dead. but the fact is how did we feel when saddam hussein was killed? they feel as joyful as the iraqi people were when we killed saddam hussein. >> reporter: gracias, roberto, a typical feeling that we've heard from people around the day. >> thank you, ed lavendera. we'll check back with you soon. the u.s./cuba relationship has only recently started to normalize. the u.s. launched a trade embargo against the island nation in 1959 when castro took over. in 1961 there was a failed u.s. attempt to overthrow castro. tensions increased in 1962 with
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the cuban missile crisis and the resulting standoff between the u.s. and the soviet union. in 1980, some 125,000 cubans fled to florida in what came to be known as the mariel boatlift. in 2002, tensions remained high during the bush administration with the opening of the guantanamo bay prison camp. castro lived long enough to see president obama push for aic. thaw in relations between cuba in the united states, including the reopening of the u.s. embassy in havana last year. a trade embargo which requires congressional approval to be lifted remains against the island. and president obama released this statement in response to castro's death, saying, quote, we know that this moment fills cubans and cuba and the united states with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which fidel castro altered the course of lives and the cuban nation. history will judge the impact of
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this figure on the world around him. president trump wrote simply, "fidel castro is dead," exclamation point. he later said fidel castro's legacy is one of unimaginable suffering and the denial of fundamental human rights. it is my home today marks a move away from the horrors endured far too long and toward a future in which the wonderful cuban people finally live in the freedom they richly deserve. i want to bring in my panel. his t a historian and cnn contributor josh rogan. josh, what was your reaction to the tweet from donald trump and then that carefully crafted statement? >> right. well, i think the tweet was below expectations of what you would want from a president-elect, because it didn't really have any nuance to speak of and didn't tell us anything about what donald trump
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thought about the situation. i think the statement corrected a lot of that and it placed donald trump firmly on the side of those in washington, and there are many in both parties, who will always view fidel castro as not much more than a brutal dictator who repressed the people of cuba, prevented them from achieving basic human rights, and kept them in what they see as an oppressive form of government for his entire reign. and president obama took a very different tack, right? he decided to stay markedly neutral about whether or not castro -- >> he really chose his words carefully. >> yeah. i think the truth lies somewhere in between. it's hard to think about the reign of fidel castro without mentioning some of the more harsh policies and the repression and the subjugation of people's basic rights. at the same time, you have to acknowledge that his impact on that country and other countries that cuba involved itself in over the last 50 years will be significant and long lasting. >> julian, fidel castro famously
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once said that history will absolve him. how do you think history will look back on him? >> well, i don't think it will absolve him. i think there's many people who feel differently about his regime, that it wasn't a source of virtue and it wasn't a source of liberation but it was a source of repression. i think that part of his record combined with the alliance with the soviet union will forever be part of the discussion. there are others, though, who see parts of the legacy as being about racial justice and liberation from external countries that will also be part of the record. with all subjects like this there will be a level of ambiguity in terms of the how people evaluate him. >> and josh, going back to donald trump, during the campaign, he criticized the thawing of diplomatic relations
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with cuba. >> the concessions that barack obama has granted the castro regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. and that i will do unless the castro regime meets our demands. not my demands. our demands. you know what the demands are. those demands will include religious and political freedom for the cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners. >> so josh, what might u.s./cuban relations look like under president trump? >> right. well, it's too soon to say, actually. trump is right on the facts. he can reverse president obama's historic opening of cuba and normalization of u.s./cuba relations. what he wants in exchange for not doing that will not happen. 50 years of embargo did not
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produce the political and social reforms that were intended. any incoming administration will have to ask itself, what do we get by undoing the cuban opening, does that advance the freedom and rights of the cuban people but also american interests and the interests of cuban americans with the country they came from. first he'll have to appoint a secretary of state and somebody to run cuba policy. all those people will get in a room and take a hard look at this. i don't think we can base our predictions on what he said on the campaign trail. that's what any sort of hawkish republican would say on the campaign trail. at the same time, there's not going to be any more opening of cuba, there's no way that congress or a trump administration will proceed to actually lift the boembargo, whh is something that at least had a chance if trump had not been elected. >> this is a case where it's easy for president trump to undo one of president obama's
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decisions through executive power. at the same time, this is a case where he's going to find a lot of pressure, there's a lot of people in the business community who don't want to go back to the cold war policies. there's many experts on foreign policy who will remind you that the embargo didn't work. there's an even within the republican party a lot of pressure to move to a new post-cold-war era of cuban relations. this is the exact kind of case where trump has a lot of authority to reverse course from obama, but it will not be as easy as some of his supporters suspect. >> all right. we will have to wait and see what happens. julian and josh, thank you. >> thank you. coming up right here in the newsroom, the clinton campaign gets on board the push for recount. what does donald trump think about all of this? he's speaking out. and palace intrigue around the trump transition. trump's own advisors divided over who he should pick for secretary of state. will it be romney, guiliani, or someone else? our panel weighs in.
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the united mileageplus explorer card. imagine where it will take you. the hillary clinton campaign now says it's on board with the push for a recount in three key states that contributed to clinton's loss on election day. they'll join gene party candidate jill stein, who has raised millions of dollars to have votes recould you understand in wisconsin, pennsylvania, and michigan after reports of voting sclechts clinton campaign did note it has no evidence of hacking voting systems but that it was taking part in the recount effort to, quote, ensure that it is fair to all sides. what is donald trump saying about all of this? cnn's brian nobles is at trump's
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mar-a-lago estate in palm beach. we now have a statement from the president-elect, a pretty scathing statement against jill stein, right? >> that's exactly right, pam, probably not a surprise that donald trump is not impressed with this effort by jill stein and the role the clinton campaign is playing in it. trump called the effort ridiculous and he released a lengthy statement, as you said, blistering the idea of encouraging a recount. he said in part, quote, this recount is just a way for jill stein, who received less than 1% of the vote overall and wasn't even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money. he goes on to say, this is a scam by the green party for an election that has already been conceded and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused. and trump and many of his aides say that for so along during this campaign it was the clinton team accusing him of not being prepared to accept the results of the election and now the roles are reversed and it is the
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clinton team who is joining in with jill stein in this effort. right now it is only wisconsin that is being discussed. she's filed the paperwork for wisconsin. as you reported today, pam, jill stein seriously considering challenges in michigan and pennsylvania as well. the trump team says they're prepared for this and they are taking it seriously. but they think the entire thing is not worth the effort, pam. >> the trump team clearly not happy with this effort, ryan nobles, thank you very much. jill stein is defending the vote recount effort. i talked to her in the last hour shortly after trump released that statement. here is what she said. >> he may be creating his own facts here, as he's been known to do sometimes in the past. and i think, you know, he himself said that it was a rigged election, unless he won it. the point to drive home here is that having a secure elections process benefits us all. and i invite everyone, i invite donald trump's campaign,
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hillary's campaign. we've had calls out to gary johnson's campaign. this should be a nonpartisan, people-powered effort to ensure that we can rely on the integrity and the security of our votes. >> joining me now to discuss, scotty nell hughes, she supported trump throughout the election. also with us, the former chairman of the washington, dc democratic party. he supported hillary clinton. scotty nell, you heard what jill stein had to say. should this be a nonpartisan effort, especially for a candidate who insisted that the system is rigged? >> absolutely there should be a nonpartisan effort, if there was actually a problem. if there was real evidence to show that the russians or anybody else hacked into the voting machines or that some were tampered with. there is none of that evidence. they can talk about we showed rigged elections. that has nothing to do with
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voting day and the votes that were counted. i find it funny that she's only questioning states where mr. trump won. why aren't we questioning the states that hillary clinton won? granted there's not as many of them, trump won 30 out of 50 states. why are we just looking at states that trump won? >> pamela, those are the three states where donald trump won by a total of $100,000 -- i'm sure, not $100,000, 100,000 votes. but let's be real clear, we don't know what the evidence is. and the law allows this recount. jill stein, and there's another petitioner who has asked for a recount, it's perfectly within their rights to do so. we know this was a hacked election process with databases hacked and e-mails hacked. so the real question here for wisconsin, who has accepted the petition, agreed to the recount, possibly even a recount on the processes and procedures, and is just following the law. all hillary clinton has said is, listen, we support that for
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accuracy purposes, we'll be at the table. watch this, pamela. donald trump will be at the table too, because he's got a vested interest, and the law allows himself to be there and allows this recount in all three states. >> trump says jill stein is not going to use all this money used on the recount effort, he accuses her of, quote, filling her coffers. but listen to what she told me. >> and for his information, this is actually all going into a dedicated and segregated account so that it can only be spent on the recount campaign. >> so your reaction, why launch a personal attack? >> well, it's because when you look at her, she's up to the cost of what she's trying to raise. if she was just raising the amount she needed to pay the fees and possibly $1 million more for attorneys, she would have raised that two days ago. she's continued to up. she says it will cost more for lawyers and consultants, but she's not giving a bottom line.
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as more money is coming in, she's asking for money. that's what makes this all look a little conspicuous as to what her intentions are. >> she says she needs it to file in other states. >> that's my question, people that are actually going in, and i have to wonder who is this, if they're donating so much money to her, more than she raised to run for president, what is their motivation? do they think they're just throwing their money away? she's wasting dollars. let's put this to a better effort, maybe to reorganize the democratic party so they don't suffer such a devastating loss. >> what difference does it make what her motive is? that's a got a right. they had no dog in the fight as far as winning that state or winning those electoral votes. this is purely about integrity and authenticity of the election
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process, because even if they find that votes were hacked or that there is a change in the outcome of the election in each of those states, jill stein has no way of winning. so that goes directly to her credibility and her commitment to voter integrity and election integrity. >> before we wrap up, i want to switch gears, scottie nell, and ask about the reported infighting over the secretary of state position. there seems to be a divide right now over whether trump should nominate mitt romney for the position. trump loyalists are against it but establishment figures are supportive of it. where do you fall on this? >> that's a very good debate that's happening amongst the trump campaign. in the end i'll put my faith and trust in mr. trump and the decision he makes. i will say there is a legitimate concern with governor romney being the secretary of state. whether it's rudy giuliani or someone else, they feel like because mitt romney possibly was one of his harshest critics, was kind of a snake in the grass, they're worried about putting him in an important position
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that when times get tough he could be the biggest torpedo to any success for the trump administration. it will be interesting to see what conversations are going on with mr. trump. in the end we'll trust what his judgment is as long as we know it's not being influenced by outside factors. >> some democrats have said they want romney to be secretary of state. are you one of those democrats? >> i certainly think he would legitimize that position, legitimize trump. i tend to think that donald trump needs romney more than romney needs donald trump. he is a pratriot. he wants to be secretary of state. he would bring in main line republicans and is someone the democrats could support. he ought to be that person. rudolph giuliani, on the other hand, i'm not sure he's got any great experience whatsoever and he's downright scary to a lot of republicans and democrats in that position or any other position in the trump administration. >> no announcement has been made for secretary of state. it sounds like the debate continues. thank you very much to both of you, we do appreciate it.
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stores, and perhaps soon, a secret service facility. the agency charged with protecting the president may rent an entire floor of trump tower and turn it into a 24/7 post to protect the first family. joining me now, an ex-secret service agent who has protected past presidents including barack obama. could this pose an in preunprecd challenge to the secret service? >> absolutely. you're looking at the presidential protection detail that is charged with the protection of the president. splitting that detail into multiple locations causes logistical problems. it causes a division of assets, manpower. the secret service is facing a significant challenge by the fact that you may have part of the detail located in new york and part of the detail located in washington, dc.
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>> i'm just curious, as we look at trump tower on fifth avenue, what kind of extra challenge that poses. i talked to an agent yesterday who said, look, business as usual for the secret service, every election, we have to figure out a game plan to protect the president and his family. the difference is trump tower is on fifth avenue, all these people coming in and out. what kind of a challenge does that pose? >> the challenge is monumental. you're in the heart of new york city. there are millions of people that surround trump tower. the job of securing that building and providing a safe and secure environment for donald trump and his family is something that the secret service is very used to. so actually providing the security isn't going to be the challenge. the big thing here is the impact to new york city as a whole and the surrounding community. that's what's really going to be affected by this construct of being in new york city. >> and there's an expectation
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that donald trump will go back and forth to trump tower. we know melania, the future first lady, and their son barron will be staying at school in new york through the spring. is this frustrating to secret service agents? >> from a secret service standpoint, we wish they could stay in one location and we could build a great big wall around them. that's not realistic. people have to live their lives. the future first lady wishes to live in new york city. the secret service doesn't dictate where our protectees live. we'll build a protective environment around them. the president will join them whenever he wishes. >> i reported it would be a million and a half a year, we
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don't know what kind of deal might be worked out to rent that floor. but if barron and melania weren't staying there until next spring, and the president would just every now and then go to trump tower, would that same security apparatus need to be if place or not? >> absolutely. there are reports the secret service is taking up an entire floor, that may be being misconstrued, i've never seen the secret service take up the entire floor of any place. they'll secure all the floors around where the protectees are. that's part our standard methodology. we'll take multiple floors above and below, wherever our protectees reside. they will build out a command center. i think that's what we're talking about, a unified command center to run our protective operations jointly with the n ychy nypd. again, we want to have this
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unified security protocol put into place, one, to provide the utmost highest level of security for the incoming president but also reduce the impact of the security measures to the people of new york city. >> just for context before we let you go, again, you have $1 million a day, not necessarily out of the secret service coffers, but going to protect the first family in new york city, a million and a half for a floor. that money would essentially be going to trump's company, basically they're the landlord of trump tower. how unusual is that situation, when you have the secret service essentially paying the president-elect's company? >> listen, this is something that's very common to the secret service. we pay rent at the ranch in crawford, texas, they pay rent at chappaqua. once you go in and build these command centers, it's not
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uncommon for the secret service to pay rent. we just haven't seen it in a while, president obama hasn't traveled that much or didn't have a residence really outside of washington, dc that he went to. >> with joe biden, i know the secret service rented a cottage from his house in delaware because he liked to go back on the weekends. thank you for coming on and sharing context, we appreciate it. >> thank you very much, i appreciate it. an emotional reaction from around the world at the news of fidel castro's death. up next we'll talk to a u.s. congressman from florida who has an unusual connection to the late cuban leader. that goes beyond assuming ingredients are safe... to knowing they are. going beyond expectations... because our pets deserve it. beyond. natural pet food.
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hearing your perspective on this. when your aunt married castro, how did your family react to that? >> look, that was in the mid-'40s, way before i was born. it's something way, way, way in the past. they were married for a few years and then divorced. it didn't take long for everybody to realize that what the world and cuba experienced was a despot, a tyrant, a murderer, a dictator, a person who had separated millions of families, who has actually been responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of cubans. and by the way, for the death and the torture of many americans as well. and a major sponsor of terrorism, particularly in this hemisphere but around the world. very few people in history, i think the word despot or the word murderer or dictator, does that word apply better than to this person who has recently
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just passed away. >> it was many years ago that they were married, as you pointed out, but did your aunt ever talk about castro? >> we don't have much of a relationship with our aunt. she's still alive, she lives in spain. we don't have much of a relationship with her. it's not unusual to have cuban families that are divided by this experience of almost 60 years of, again, a dictatorship, created and headed by fidel castro, again, one of the most blood thirsty tyrants of this century, frankly. >> was your aunt, after she was married to him, did she continue to support him? because we've seen sort of this dichotomy of emotions, some people celebrating his death, other people mourning his death. it's really fascinating to see that play out. >> it is fascinating. but again, i will tell you that to me it's rather strange that anybody could celebrate the life of a person who, again,s wi was
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dictator for close to six decades, who murdered and tortured, who has a record of, again, not only a corruption and murder and blood but also terrorism. so, you know, i see even some heads of state who are saying oh, you know, mourning his loss, it's frankly hard to believe that anybody could mourn the loss of a person who has a very distinct record, a clear record of being one of the most savage, blood thirsty murderers, tyrants that this world has ever seen, clearly the most savage dictatorship away seen in the americas in the history of this hemisphere. so some may have this false image of what fidel castro was. but the history speaks for itself. he was a person who asked for a nuclear strike against the united states. this is a person who shot down
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two american airplanes, civilian airplanes in international airspace. this is a dictator ship that today still harbors about 80 fugitives from u.s. law including murderers and terrorists. that's the legacy of fidel castro. that's what the cuban people have suffered for close to 60 years. for anybody to romanticize that frankly is clueless of the situation that the cuban people have had to suffer for, again, a 60-year-old dictatorship that unfortunately, as you know, still persists today. >> let me ask you quickly, how do you think trump might approach u.s./cuban relations? >> you know, mr. trump has been very clear that he is going to reverse the unilateral concessions that president obama has gifted the kcastro regime, which is the right thing to do. the fact that president obama has gone out of his way to give concession after concession. by the way, specifically to the
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castro family's monopolies, while asking nothing in return, has proven to be disastrous for the cuban people. we see an increase in repression and political arrests, more political arrests in the last two careers than in the last 20 years. the beatings of the ladies in white, the opposition leaders, has increased dramatically. it has been catastrophic for the cuban people. it has been catastrophic for the national security interests of the united states as well. it's a terrorist regime. it's a narco-trafficking regime, an anti-american regime. what we saw now is that the brains of that regime has died, but that regime is still there. and so i congratulate mr. trump and vice president-elect mr. pence for their attitude, their steadfast position of saying we're going to take back all those unilateral concessions
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that have done nothing but enrich the castro dictatorship and nothing to help the cuban people. actually that has been very detrimental to the cuban people. >> clearly this is something you are passionate about. thank you so much, congressman, for coming on the show and sharing your thoughts in the wake of fidel castro's death. >> great, thank you. president-elect donald trump is working on his cabinet this weekend. but there's one thing he's not doing everyday. coming up, reports of the daily intelligence briefing he has decided not to accept. we'll be right back. then she came to louisiana as a slave. i became curious where in africa she was from. so i took the ancestry dna test to find out more about my african roots. the ancestry dna results were really specific. they told me all of these places in west africa. i feel really proud of my lineage, and i feel really proud of my ancestry. ancestry has many paths to discovering your story, get started for free at ancestry.com
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there are just 55 days left until the inauguration. a new report says that president-elect donald trump is choosing to skip most of the daily intelligence briefings that have been prepared for him since his election victory. according the "washington post," an intelligence team has been prepared to brief trump every day since the election but has only met with him twice. vice president-elect mike pence, meantime, has been receiving his briefings everyday. they provide not only a run down of security threats but also an update on covert programs overseas and the methods by which intelligence is collected. joining us is an intelligence analyst, and an historian. bob, i'll start with you. is there cause for concern that trump is turning away briefers
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at this point? >> it concerns me, because he's not prepared to make foreign policy decisions. being a businessman he has some foreign experience, but he really does need the cia at this point to explain to him crises which are on the horizon. iraq is going from bad to worse. the taliban has 50% to 70% of afghanistan. there's a crisis looming with north korea. and he's got to get up to speed. and the people to do that is the central intelligence agency. it's not just the briefing. he needs the experts to come in. there's a lot of covert action programs, some are working, most aren't. he's got to catch up to speed because in not very long he could be faced, as i said, with a very big crisis. >> before we get to you, julian, if you would, bob, break it down for hus. what exactly do they go over? is it something he can do on his
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own time? bring us into it. >> well, they could, the briefer could hand-carry it to trump tower or the oval office and say, here it is, read it, and takes it back at the end of the day. or you could bring in specialists, for instance let's go to afghanistan, what's happening on the ground. you need an afghan expert, not just simply a briefer, to explain. and often the president will ask questions and ask for followup briefings. so these things could go on for, you know, ten minutes to a couple of hours. it depends on the interests of the president. i've seen some presidents actually bring in operatives. george w. bush used to, to talk about iraq. he would bring in four or five of them and they would go on for hours and hours, exchanging questions and detailed answers. >> let's look at the last three presidents-elect. after his election, obama not only got regular briefings but
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scheduled deep dives on key subjects like iran's nuclear program. george w. bush's briefing was delayed because of the florida recount but he then asked for daily briefings. president bill clinton received briefings every day after his election. julian, will trump be less prepared than past presidents when he takes office in january, in your view? >> if this continues, certainly. he's already less prepared than any of them, and this was an issue in the campaign, his lack of experience in government. and he has a lack of interest. you add to the mix many provocative statements he made on the campaign trail. and then a thinness in terms of these briefings will be cause for concern about how prepared he will be when the nation faces a crisis. >> what about the argument that's made by his supporters, that look, he's busy right now building his cabinet, and
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recruiting the best people to be on the front lines to protect our country. you know, he's still president-elect, he's not president yet. >> the others have the same challenge. and this is part of the challenge . >> especially if you lack the expertise and don't have the kind of knowledge that some other presidents bring to the table. so it's true that he's putting together a team and we hope it's first rate but something he has to do equal or bigger. >> i know you've been talking to people in the intelligence community. what's the reaction to this? >> well, i asked specifically and considering reorganizing the intelligence community and that's why he needs support on the hill from pompeo. as i understand it, he wants to make major changes and thinks
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you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm pamela brown in for poppy harlow on this saturday. former cuban leader fidel castro dead at the age of 90 and cuba, castro's death marks the start of nine days of mourning. quiet as people found out the leader who toppled the dictator and saw the communist government for nearly five decades has

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